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David Gold Says He Backs Big Sam

Sam Allardyce and the West Ham fansWest Ham United co-chairman David Gold insists that he is fully behind current Hammers boss Sam Allardyce.

Allardyce is out of contract at the end of the season and with Paolo Di Canio’s exit from Swindon, speculation has been growing that that Gold and his partner David Sullivan want to bring in the Hammers icon in to replace Big Sam at the end of the season.

Gold fanned the fires on Tuesday by retweeting posts from two West Ham fans calling for Di Canio to replace Allardyce, as well as two more of the opposing view.

Gold insists the club will not enter talks with Allardyce about extending his contract until the team are safe from relegation, but he did give his manager “the dreaded vote of confidence” with a tweet of his own, which read:

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Allardyce has never won over a core of West Ham fans despite getting promotion from the npower Championship in his first season at Upton Park, because of his direct style of play.

It is not pretty at times, but Allardyce has West Ham sitting in the middle of the table, seven points above the Barclays Premier League relegation zone with 12 games of the season remaining. And that is what Big Sam does. He knows how to keep his teams in the Premier League, and with the financial windfall that means, Gold and Sullivan have to be careful to not get too greedy here. Moving to a sexier style of football does not guarantee success.

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